When it comes to movie-watching in October, I can’t get enough of all things horror. But I also have little cousins who, although they love the Halloween season, aren’t too great with horror (apart from my nine-year-old cousin, Sisi – she’s a real mini-me when it comes to scary things!). So I thought I’d compile this little list of family-friendly films that will still get you in the spooky spirit! These are films that I loved as a child (and still do), so I hope that they’re choices that you will love!
(And remember, I’m a childless 20-year-old writing this list purely based on the films I enjoyed watching as a child, so take these suggestions with a grain of salt etc. Just a little disclaimer, ya know.)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
A classic that I’m sure is on everybody’s lists, you can’t go wrong with a bit of Hocus Pocus! There isn’t much I can say about this film that hasn’t already been said by a thousand other bloggers, so I’ll just leave this one here!
This was always my favourite film to watch around Halloween growing up. You can’t buy it on dvd over here in the UK, so I would patiently wait for it to air each year on Disney Channel. If you’re in your twenties/thirties, watch this for ALL the nostalgia. Or, if you’re watching with a little one, take the opportunity to introduce them to this Halloween classic!
Harry Potter (All films)
Okay, so technically this isn’t one film, but who cares? It’s Harry Potter! Both the books and films are etched deeply into my soul, so I’m looking forward to rewatching them for the billionth time next week!
Okay, so this one might freak out some little (and not so little) Halloween lovers, but it’s a spooky and wonderful adventure that all ages can enjoy! It’s also beautifull made and is one of my favourite films of all time, so there’s that too.
Monster House (2006)
I used to watch this ALL the time as a child and, although I haven’t seen it in a few years, it stills stands as a firm Halloween favourite in my house!
(Bonus film: If your little ones aren’t too easily scared, Poltergeist is easily one of the least scary horror films around. I let my nine year old cousin watch it, and she just viewed it as a fun spooky adventure film. Judge for yourself obviously, but I definitely think it could be watched from age 8+ depending on the maturity of the child.)
I hope this little list helps you out if you’re stuck for ideas for what to watch this Halloween!